Giuliano Carmignola: The Complete Sony Recordings

Classic FM Album of the Week, 18 May 2015, after 10am

Since he was awarded a prize in the International Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1973, the Italian violinist Giuliano Carmignola has carved out an award-winning career for himself as an accomplished soloist, particularly championing the music of Vivaldi with extraordinary verve and brilliance.

With this six album boxed set, there's an opportunity to rediscover some of Vivaldi’s most engaging concertos, given new life through Carmignola's energetic and characterful playing.

There's also a chance to hear Carmignola's rich and robust renditions of Bach's complete Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas, in which he is superbly accompanied by harpsichordist Andrea Marcon.

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

Cat composer Alexander Livitsanos

This utterly adorable kitten is the ultimate distraction from work

chocolate bar musical taste

Can we guess your favourite chocolate bar from your favourite composer?

broken e-string violin

This clip captures the sheer horror of an E-string snapping halfway through a live radio broadcast